Saturday, June 10, 2017

It Comes at Night Movie Review

Joel Edgerton stars in It Comes at Night

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Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse. Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his incredible debut feature Krisha with It Comes at Night, a horror film following a man (Joel Edgerton) as he learns that the evil stalking his family home may be only a prelude to horrors that come from within. Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous domestic order he has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate young family seeking refuge. Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within him as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul.

Paul (Edgerton) declares, "You can't trust anyone but family." So imagine what happens when someone else intrudes upon Paul's seemingly impregnable fortress in the middle of an apparent apocalypse. It Comes at Night leaves a lot to your imagination; so much so, you never really get a handle on what's going on (even after the movie is over.) Shults wisely hides what's outside, allowing the paranoia and tension to boil over inside the house. There's also no backstory, which really leaves you in the dark. It's chilling and scary from start to finish, without unnecessary CGI effects and gore.

Grade: B